六四屠殺

1989年春夏之交的政治风波

Estimates of deaths from different sources, in descending order:

  • 10,000 dead (including civilians and soldiers) – Soviet Union.
  • 7,000 deaths – NATO intelligence.
  • 4,000 to 6,000 civilians killed, but no one really knows – Edward Timperlake.
  • Over 3,700 killed, excluding disappearance or secret deaths and those denied medical treatment – PLA defector citing a document circulating among officers.
  • 2,600 had officially died by the morning of 4 June (later denied) – the Chinese Red Cross.  An unnamed Chinese Red Cross official estimated that, in total, 5,000 people were killed and 30,000 injured.
  • Closer to 1,000 deaths, according to Amnesty International and some of the protest participants, as reported in a Time article. Other statements by Amnesty have characterized the number of deaths as hundreds.
  • 300 to 1,000 according to a Western diplomat that compiled estimates.
  • 400 to 800 plausible according to the New York Times’ Nicholas D. Kristof. He developed this estimate using information from hospital staff and doctors, and from “a medical official with links to most hospitals”.
  • 180–500 casualties, according to a declassified NSA document which referred to early casualty estimates.
  • 241 dead, including soldiers, and 7,000 wounded, according to the Chinese government.
  • 203 documented as peaceful demonstrators or citizens were killed, according to the Tienanmen Mothers group.
  • 186 named individuals confirmed dead at the end of June 2006 – Professor Ding Zilin of the Tiananmen Mothers. The Tiananmen Mothers’ list includes some people whose deaths were not directly at the hands of the army, such as a person who committed suicide after the incident on 4 June.

I’m posting this on the 4th June for the purpose of information only.  My only knowledge of the event is what I have read.  What I do find strange though is that the highest predicted number of deaths is from the Soviet Union, who helped the CCP come into power in the first place.

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